The Quebec Orienteering Championship will take place in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC (not far from Montreal), on October 1 & 2. It is Canada Cup event, (formerly known as A meets), sanctioned by Orienteering Canada. The event invitation is now online, and registration is open. All the details here:https://ramblersmontreal.wordpress.com/qc-champs-2...
Got my entry in. Checkout out the selected terrains on Google Earth. Fantastic!
What a prospect of three great weekends of orienteering in a row - US Classic, North Americans and Quebec! - all with our famous fall colours coming in to prominence.
Hey Europeans: Book your flights now! - in to New York or Boston, out of Montreal.
I recall vaguely that it's difficult to rent a car one way cross border (due to import/export issues). It may be easier to fly in and out of the same city. Either NYC (JFK or Newark airports) or Montreal should be fine. Most major car rental agencies in the US or Canada seem to allow driving the car into the other country, though it's worth checking. Minor ones may not.
Jim, if one-way car rental is an issue my suggestion for participants would be to get to Albany NY, drop off the rental car, hop on the train to Montreal, sit back and enjoy "one of the world's 10 most scenic train trips" (reserved coach seat about $50 with the AAA discount), pick up another car in Montreal or take a commuter train to Ste Anne de Bellevue - it will drop you off right beside the event venue for Day 1, a bit of a jog to Day 2.
Not just three, you can have four weekends in a row of fantastic orienteering. The weekend before the US classic champs is the annual UNO camping weekend at the ever-challenging and always wonderful Pawtuckaway State Park. Where the contours are ever squiggly and the boulders are nearly infinite, including dozens and dozens of room- to house-size rocks. See upnoor.org
As a reminder, early registration ends this Wednesday September 7 at midnight EST.
For those still thinking, the event is also a great opportunity to visit Montreal, a great city which offers so many things - a rich cultural life, great food + a mountain in the middle of it to go for a run (if you don't get enough from the QC-Champs!). For accommodation, there are many Airbnb offers, in the Plateau, and everywhere else.